Power baseball: West Virginia opens Asheville series with win
The runs weren’t as plentiful Monday night for the West Virginia Power as they were in their win Sunday afternoon, but that wasn’t a problem in the team’s series-opening 3-2 win over the Asheville Tourists at Appalachian Power Park.
The Power (5-7) started a streak much more to its liking with that victory, the team’s second straight. West Virginia had lost five in a row before that. Monday’s win also snapped a two-game losing streak to the Tourists, who took the final two of three games last week in Asheville.
After scoring no more than three runs in any of those five losses, the Power exploded for 10 in that streak-busting win Sunday over the Lexington Legends. On Monday, West Virginia’s third was enough to pull ahead and stay ahead.
That run came off the bat of second baseman Erich Weiss. Weiss — who hit an inside-the-park grand slam Sunday for his first professional home run — drove a single to left that scored catcher Reese McGuire.
The Power got on the board in the fourth, when shortstop JaCoby Jones singled to left to score McGuire. Asheville answered that in the top of the fifth, when Ryan McMahon launched his fourth home run of the season, a solo shot to right off Power starter Shane Carle. That ended Carle’s night after 4 2/3 innings, the right hander giving up one earned run on four hits with six strikeouts and a walk.
West Virginia came back with another run in the fifth off a Chris Diaz single to center. Edwin Espinal slid safe into home for the 2-1 lead, but Diaz didn’t get the RBI, as the run was tagged to a Raimel Tapia throwing error.
Tourists second baseman Michael Benjamin tied the game again when his triple scored right fielder Jordan Patterson to make it 2-2. Then came Weiss’ game winner.
Asheville (7-5) starter Johendi Jiminian went 5 1/3 innings Monday night, allowing three runs, two earned, on five hits with three strikeouts and a walk. The Power used three pitchers Monday night. After Carle, Justin Topa went 2 1/3 innings, giving up one earned run on three hits with three strikeouts and no walks for the win. Yhonathan Barrios pitched the rest of the way, allowing one hit and striking out two in two innings.
The two teams are scheduled to meet again tonight at 7:05 p.m.
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